“Self-Regulation” Technique

Motivation method for physical activity:

1. What is your most important current goal regarding physical activity?

2. What is the most positive outcome of realizing this goal?

3. What is the most critical obstacle?

4. What can I do to overcome the obstacle; when and where does the obstacle occur?

5. What can I do to prevent the obstacle from occurring; when and where is an opportunity to prevent it from occurring?

6. What else could I do to be physically active for at least 30 minutes? And when and where can I do this?

Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, January 2009

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Patient with Cardiac Problems

Morse, KJ. (2009). Focusing on the surgical patient with cardiac problems. Nursing 2009, 39(3), 22-27.

Assessment questions are found on page 23:

  • Do you ever experience chest pain or discomfort at home?
  • Do you take nitroglycerin at home? If yes, how often, and when did you last take it?
  • Do you need to rest between taking a shower and getting dressed?
  • Can you walk up a flight of stairs without stopping?
  • Have you stopped doing any usual activities because of increased symptoms?
  • Do you have swelling in your legs or ankles?
  • Do you get pain in your legs when walking? If yes, does the pain go away after you rest?
  • Does anyone else in your family have heart trouble? If anyone in your family had a heart attack, how old was that person when it happened?
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